Women Run Out Of Steam

Lancers women's volleyball Dean

Shannon Dean spikes for a point against Ryerson on January 16 at St Denis Fieldhouse. Windsor dropped the match 3 sets to nil, despite Dean’s best efforts.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Header-image-Shalapata-2By Ian Shalapata

(WINDSOR, ON) – The Windsor Lancers ran into two tough opponents, and out of steam, last Friday and Saturday evenings, when they hosted the Ryerson Rams and Toronto Varsity Blues at St Denis Fieldhouse.

On Friday, the Rams rolled into town and won the best-of-five match 3 sets to nil. The Lancers were competitive in each set, although in the middle frame they gave up a 21-11 lead to lose 25-22. Ryerson won the first and third sets 25-16 and 25-22, respectively. Although trailing the last set the entire way, the Lancers continued to fight back to pull as close as 2 points.

Shannon Dean was a force for Windsor, making 9 kills against Ryerson, and 20 total attacks.

Windsor also had 20-plus attacks from Hannah Robson (22) and Britney Raby (20) while Robson provided some defence with 11 digs. Richelle Brown added 10 digs in the losing effort.

Saturday’s match with Toronto left the 467 in attendance wondering when Windsor would show up. The Blues won the first set by a 10-point margin (25-15) then continued to dominate the session with 25-14 and 25-6 scores in the latter sets.

Carliegh Bailey and Raby had the high kills for Windsor with just 4 apiece while, beyond Holy Clarke with 10 digs, the defence was AWOL.

The Saturday match was Windsor’s third loss of January. Their record now sits at 4-9, good enough for a share of 4th place in the OUA West, with Western. The Lancers are 2 games behind Guelph in 3rd and 2 1/2 ahead of Lakehead.

Windsor will play a pair of matches on the road this weekend. On Friday they will be in Waterloo to take on the Warriors while the following day play shifts to Guelph to meet the Gryphons. Windsor returns to St Denis on January 31 when the Royal Military College comes to town.

Holly Clarke returns a serve to set up an attack for Windsor. The Lancers dropped to matches during weekend play in OUA women's volleyball.Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Richelle Brown looks on as Holly Clarke returns a serve to set up an attack for Windsor. The Lancers dropped to matches during weekend play in OUA women’s volleyball.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.


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Ian Shalapata
Ian writes for and provides imagery to Square Media Group as well as accepting freelance photographic assignments. In addition, he has contributed to media organizations, sporting groups, and individuals across North America including the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel, Chatham-Kent Sports Network, the Golf Association of Michigan, League 1 Ontario, as well as numerous colleges and universities in Canada and the United States. Email Ian Shalapata